George Stubbs @ the Met

George Stubbs, Newmarket Heath, with a Rubbing Down House, ca. 1765, oil on canv
George Stubbs, Newmarket Heath, with a Rubbing Down House, ca. 1765, oil on canvas, 12 x 16 inches (courtesy Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Collection)

Mario Naves reviews Paintings by George Stubbs from the Yale Center for British Art at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, on view through November 8, 2015.

Naves writes: "The most unified picture [in the exhibition] is Newmarket Heath, with a Rubbing Down House (ca. 1765), in which figures of any sort are absent. The brutalist authority of the title structure is quelled by a gentle—dare one say “tender”?—suffusion of afternoon light. Stubbs never let the painting leave the studio, sensing, perhaps, that he’d achieved something closer to poetry than mere hard-won verisimilitude. For that one grace note alone, the Met’s jewel-box exhibition of Stubbs’s work is worth a visit."